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Yearning for his Return

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Yearning for his Return
Yearning for his Return
Canon G1, 1/125 /sec, f:2.5, handheld, polarizer
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Detlef Klahm     love the coloures...composition is very nice!


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6/6/2002 9:10:27 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Greetings Detlef! A sincere note of thanks for the gift of your comment. Your time and effort is soooo appreciated! Have a nice evening.


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6/6/2002 9:30:15 PM

 
Romen Vargas  

Hi Dolores,
Great pic, all the elements just went together well with this I think.

Were you able to take shots from different angles? I'd be interested in seeing them.


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6/6/2002 10:44:35 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Greetings Romen!! And thank you so much!! This particular image posed a challenge compositionally due to the stairs. I took many shots....some with the horizontal water line lower in the frame...but it lowered the girl too low and gave the image a totally different perspective that wasn't appealing. By placing the girl in the abstract vertical line as suggested by rule of thirds, I was cropping part of the sunset at right (which has all the color) and capturing too much of the stairs. Moving more to the right...it enabled me to include the entire horizon with color but the girl was too far left, creating imbalance. I do have another shot where the girl is even higher (which I liked) with more water in the foreground but because my camera was low and tilting upward, I lost the reflection which really took away from the shot. Thanks so much for your interest ...I am always open to how an image can be improved upon. Thanks Romen!! And have a relaxed evening.


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6/6/2002 11:37:49 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Romen...I also meant to say that I also tried having the girl step down but I lost her silhouette in the darker background and of course up higher pulled her out of the frame.


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6/6/2002 11:50:12 PM

 
Donna J. Eaton
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This is beautiful Delores. I really love the girl being in the photo and especially the steps. It just makes it for me. Where was this taken?


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6/9/2002 8:27:42 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thank you very much, Donna. We went to Stony Creek on the Connecticut shore last weekend and happened to be there during the sunset. I noticed the concrete stairs at the end of the seawall and played around with different angles and such. Across the street is one of my favorite eateries....you sit outside and watch the boat activity and it is amazingly relaxing. Come up and join me sometime! Thank you for your post on my image, Donna.


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6/9/2002 8:58:36 AM

 
June Marie Sobrito
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This is so beautiful, Dolores.


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6/9/2002 9:50:23 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Hi June Marie!

And thank you for giving to me also! I think you would love Stony Creek in CT! Email me before you decide to come into town and I'll give you my number and we'll get together!


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6/9/2002 11:30:34 AM

 
Angie Hill  

I love the placement of the girl. It gives a sense of an angelic presence looking toward the heavens. Beautiful colors also. Good luck!


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6/9/2002 5:18:22 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thank you for your kindness, Angie! I appreciate that alot (especially now!) You know what I mean...


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6/9/2002 5:47:33 PM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
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Hi Delores, You have captured another beautiful moment in life! 'Awsome in fact!...I love the composition here...The colors and shades of color are beautiful and the contrast and sharpness are perfect. That's the "Delores trademark"..... The young ladies sexy figure and stance in combination with the mystery of the stairs leading downward add to the magic of this wonderful photo . good luck


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6/9/2002 7:59:24 PM

 
Liz  Kepner  

Aw,Dolores, this is awesome! I love the color you captured and placing the girl where you did totally made this beautiful. Congratulations! Keep up the great work! Liz


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6/9/2002 8:12:42 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Donna...What did I ever do to deserve your kindness?? I started to swell with pride and immediately took a hold of myself. Thank you for lifting my work up one more time! You're the best!


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6/9/2002 8:23:41 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Liz!!! I am so excited and delighted you are here!! Yaaaaayyy! So nice to see you after all the "crap" at the other site! I hope you will keep submitting and I will look for your images here. I can't check every day but I try to catch up on everyone as much as I am able. But I'm so glad you found me! Anyway...I better stop yapping! Thank you for your complimentary post! How kind of you to say so. Have a fine evening! D


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6/9/2002 8:36:17 PM

 
Robert Pranagal
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Hi Dolores,

After reading all those comments, I am not sure whether you care for another one.

I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely love your image. For me, this is the ultimate winner!

Cheers,


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6/10/2002 6:29:26 PM

 
June Marie Sobrito
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Sounds like a great offer, Dolores. I'm sure I would love this place that you've captured so beautifully! Take care. June Marie


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6/10/2002 6:48:11 PM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
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Hi Delores, You'r welcome...Looks like this one will be the most famous picture on this site (next to the little maistro). You are the BEST!!!


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6/10/2002 7:32:22 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Greetings Robert!! If I care for another comment??? How many comments do you think you would like on YOUR images?? Is it ever enough?? OF COURSE I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS...THANK YOU!! They're all little gifts that I delight in opening each time one is left at the door of my image. Your comment? One of the best...don't ever stop!

And June Marie...the door is always open!


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6/10/2002 7:34:23 PM

 
Heather K. McFarland
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Wonderful image Dolores!! Beautifully balanced and lovely colors.


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6/10/2002 9:27:37 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Congrats on making the finals again..High E-five!!


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7/4/2002 9:20:50 AM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
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AND DELORES TOO........THIS ON HAD TO WIN!! Congratulations !


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7/4/2002 9:34:47 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thanks so much ladies!! Carolyn and Donna... a huge e-hug from me to you for your delightful and kind comments!! Congrats on your wins again! You two are the cat's meow!! (tee hee) And happy 4th!


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7/4/2002 10:15:27 AM

 
Robert Pranagal
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Hi Dolores,

The judges seem to have dropped the ball this month! For me, this is the winner in June!

Cheers,


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7/4/2002 11:09:08 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Oh Robert...you are the best! How privileged I am to have you as a fan of this image! I am so touched you thought it was worthy. Thank you so very much for the gift of your comment...it just made my day!


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7/4/2002 11:21:21 AM

 
Angie Hill  

A big congrats to you for making the finals Dolores. Happy 4th!


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7/4/2002 11:35:41 AM

 
Peder Mageroy
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Glad to this this wonderful image here as well Dolores. Congrats for making it to the finals my friend!


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7/4/2002 6:59:23 PM

 
Liz  Kepner  

How do Isee the finals and the winners? Dolores will you email me the directions. I think I found the winners, but can't post messages on them, and I can't find the finalists.


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7/4/2002 7:36:23 PM

 
Detlef Klahm  

congratulations!...this image is worth been recognized as a winner!


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7/4/2002 8:02:49 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thanks so much for the warm congratulations, Angie, Peder, Detlef and Thomas!! Sorry I am posting this late...I have been trying to keep up with critiquing at other sites, email, company from out of state, etc. Hearing from all of you meant so very much to me. You are such assets to the photo community and have been supportive of my work from the beginning! You are all very appreciated.

Liz: click on "won in past contests" on the home page. next, click on "June 2002 photo contest", you'll see the grand prize winner..the 1st and 2nd place winners and thumbnails....then scroll down to the bottom of that page...click on, "Contest Finalists". There are 67 finalists with winners narrowed down from those. Hope this helps!


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7/5/2002 11:35:58 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Hi again Liz...I meant on the photo contest page..this link: http://www.betterphoto.com/contest.asp

and bookmark that page...use it for entering and has the links to the contest winners.


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7/5/2002 11:39:32 PM

 
Piper Lehman
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Well, gee whiz, Dolores! It only took me 20 minutes to scroll through all the comments here! LOL

This is so nice. You have captured so many interesting details -- the stairs and the reflection of the stairs make such a nice "line" for the eyes to follow around the image. The colors are fabulous, and the silhouette is perfect. (How DID you get her to stand so still?) I do wish I could see more of the boat's outline in the background, but the rest of the shot is so good, the boat doesn't really matter all that much.

Congrats! Great job.


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7/9/2002 9:23:36 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Aw Piper..thanks so very much!! Didn't have too much difficulty with getting her to stand still...it was just where to put her for pleasing composition!! She stood on every single one of those stairs! As for the boat (I'm surprised you can see it..good eye!)....I almost cloned it out...didn't really want it there but decided to leave it in as it didn't make a whole lot of difference either way. Piper, I value your time and appreciate very much what you have given to me here. Thank you! And I have been enjoying your work very much! I love the image with the "rain" on the flowers. I think it will do very well!


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7/9/2002 9:52:47 AM

 
Linda Bauer  

Such a beautiful photo !!!!...and I am also yearning for His return...our Lord of course !
Linda


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7/11/2002 5:20:11 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thanks for your time to comment, Linda. And that makes two of us yearning!!


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7/11/2002 8:07:13 PM

 
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